Roxanne Bland was born in Akron, Ohio, but grew up in Washington, D.C. When she wasn’t in school, she spent an inordinate amount of time prowling the museums of the Smithsonian Institution. Because there were no children her age in the neighborhood where she lived, she also spent an inordinate amount of time reading. Her favorite place to read was in bed, and one of her happiest memories is of having created a bookshelf on her bed, filled with her currently-reading and to-be-read books.
She learned to play the piano at age seven, and over the years became an accomplished pianist. She attended the Duke Ellington High School of the Performing Arts, where, in between classes, she played the piano to her heart’s content. Her parents were quite forbearing in this respect, as at home, she would practice for hours on end, the same song over, and over and over. The long practice sessions were imperative, because her last piano teacher was the Russian master, Basil Toutorsky, who though kind, was exacting, and would not tolerate a student who did not practice her lessons.
After graduating from high school, she attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she majored in Government. Though she read science fiction and fantasy while a child, her favorites were mysteries. But in college, she really started to delve into these genres, and devoured whatever she could read. From then on, she was hooked.
From Smith, she headed to New York City, where she took a series of jobs as a paralegal. She lived in New York for over two years, then moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane Law School. After law school, she returned to Washington, D.C. where she worked for trade and government organizations. She now works for a trade magazine, where she is a regular columnist.
During the decades that passed, since childhood, she wrote off and on, short stories that never saw the light of day though she did win a writing competition while in elementary school. In 2001, she really got serious about writing, and found an outstanding editor, Don Gerrard, who taught her how to write a novel. She has not looked back.
Bland lives in Rosedale, Maryland.